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Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore, Scott Vestal, & Ray Deaton
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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, fronted by the longtime member of progressive
bluegrass pioneers The Country Gentlemen, is a bluegrass ensemble that has
made both gospel and secular recordings since its inception in 1979. (Though,
as Lawson is a devout Christian, the numbers tip in favor of the gospel.) The
group has had numerous members move through its ranks over the years, the
one constant being Lawson, who jokingly refers to his group as a "farm team" for
Doyle Lawson was born on April 20, 1944, in Ford Town, TN, near Kingsport. As
a kid, he drew early inspiration from bluegrass father Bill Monroe, and decided
early on that he wanted to play that kind of music. Other inspiration came from
the church, where his father, mother, and sister were in gospel groups that sang
He learned the mandolin at a young age, and a chance meeting with the
legendary Jimmy Martin when Lawson was still a teen convinced Lawson he had
to make music for a living. To demonstrate his seriousness and to expand his
horizons, he learned banjo and guitar.
In 1963, Lawson landed a job playing banjo for Martin. He also played guitar and
mandolin for J.D. Crowe. In 1971, Lawson joined the Country Gentlemen and
remained in the group until 1979, when he decided he needed his own group
with his own sound. In April 1979, he laid the foundation for the unit that would
become Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Over the decades, the group has served as host of the long-running Doyle
Lawson & Quicksilver Festival in Denton, NC.